Director’s Note


This year, our Silver Anniversary, we are exploring the question “What does it mean to be an American?” We did not set out to answer that question. We were and are more interested in examining and elevating the vastness of possibilities of answers through provocative experiences, perspectives, and stories. What we know and what we don’t know. With Amerikin, I’ve been curious (pun intended) about what really is the answer to that question. Is the answer respect for country? Or sharing a commitment to a set of values and ideals? Or something else? And, maybe more importantly, based on the title of the play, what do we mean by kin? How do we define it? Quickly, all our brains say family, of course. With Amerikin, our playwright, Chisa Hutchinson, is asking us to explore kin. Kin and common ancestry. Kin, common ancestry, and the connectedness to the casual nature of oppressive hate.

In talking about writing Amerikin, Chisa Hutchinson says “I wanted to do two things with AMERIKIN: write my way into some sort of understanding of the kinds of people for whom race is a reason to hate, and also hold them accountable for that hate in a society determined to excuse it. A tricky combination, but one that could maybe inspire others to do the same.” Amerikin asks us to understand each character, even if we disagree with them. Challenging us to examine our assumptions, the origin of our beliefs and its impact on our choices and/or behaviors, while confronting the limits of our ability for compassion, empathy, and understanding.

What does it mean to be an American? What if being American was rooted in being welcoming? Caring? Not holding grudges? Eliminating an “us” vs. “them” mentality? What would that require of us? Since 2020, we have seen a racial awakening and reckoning, and with that has come a heightened awareness of the difficulty and sometimes danger that exists in communicating across racial, economic, and political lines with compassion, empathy and understanding. When I first read this play, I immediately went back to the beginning and read it again. I was interested not only in its exploration of hatred and bigotry but also in its uplifting of the themes of belonging and community. The power of connectedness. I think the core of this play exists in one line, “Hate exists but so does basic human goodness”. What if being American, even within all the complexities, and, without creating or deepening any invisibility, was about our human need to connect. Our need to belong. Our need for community. Our desire for connectedness. If that were the starting point, might we be able to see each other as human beings first?

Jada Suzanne Dixon

Director, Amerikin by Chisa Hutchinson 

Welcome from Leadership

Welcome to our 25th Anniversary!

The staff, artistic company, and board are all filled with pride and delight as we celebrate our silver anniversary and 25 years of bold and audacious theatre. As loyal patrons to Curious Theatre Company you are all too familiar with our rich history and legacy of artistic excellence, exploration of contemporary issues through provocative theatre, and our fearlessness and feistiness that we carry and uphold in every aspect of our work.

In 1997, a vanguard group of artists were inspired to create and cultivate artistic work together and more importantly, artistic work that meant something. From the beginning, those vanguard artists dreamed of an artistic home for fearless political and progressive new works focused on social justice and equality. That origin is what has catapulted Curious Theatre Company to where it is today! And the undercurrent that has carried us forward and kept us afloat is you. Deep thanks and appreciation to so many artists, patrons, and of course our community.

Yes, 25 years is something to celebrate. Something to reflect on. Under Chip Walton’s leadership and vision and Dee Covington’s heart and vision, Curious Theatre Company has created a remarkable body of artistic work through our shared vision, commitment to our mission and values, and the exceptional ensemble of artists that make up our artistic company. 25 years is also creating a spark. A new spark challenging us to dream big. Yes, we will remain rooted in our mission-driven goal of creating artistic work that stimulates conversation beyond the theatre doors. Yes, we will continue to advocate for a future that is better than today.

We thank you for your support and belief in us! AND we will dream big; we will stretch ourselves to lean further in and excavate new and innovative ways in which to be who we are and who we say we want to be as an organization through both our words and our actions. Without a doubt, know that we will remain Curious.  We hope you will stay Curious!

Happy 25th Anniversary!

Jada Suzanne Dixon & Jeannene Bragg

Artistic Director & Managing Director